Despite the fact that Russell Brand is set to host the 2009 Video Music Awards, we're still having trouble mustering up anything resembling genuine enthusiasm for the ceremony. That's not to say we're not excited to see that this year's show will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall instead of a high-school gymnasium, like last year's ceremony, but our tolerance for the possible pleasure of seeing some sort of celebrity spectacle go down is outweighed by our general distaste for MTV's annual attempt to pretend it still has some semblance of music cred. Also, how exactly does the network expect us to give a rat's ass when Major Lazer didn't even get any nominations? Well, we'll tell you! The promotions group put together this thematically disjointed clip of some of today's most popular artists some talented (Taylor Swift, Ne-Yo), some not (Katy Perry, Cobra Starship) singing and dancing along to a hastily rewritten version of "Tonight" from the legendary musical West Side Story. We're just thankful that Leonard Bernstein isn't alive to hear what they've done to his song. That said, if Russell Brand makes good on his promise from the song to impregnate Lady Gaga during the show, then we'll definitely tune in.
Watch our new series!
Vulture’s Secret History of Television
What Are the Best and Worst Musical TV Episodes?View all videos
Most Viewed Stories
Quentin Tarantıno on White Supremacy, Obama, and Why He Doesn’t Worry About a Transformers Future
Quentin Tarantino: The Complete Syllabus of His Influences and References
Netflix’s Narcos Is Addictive, Smart Entertainment
Do Yourself the Courtesy of Escaping No Escape
Rami Malek 101: The Ultimate Guide to Your Summer Crush
As a New The Girl With … Book Hits Shelves, Stieg Larsson’s Partner Continues to Fight for His Legacy
Pour a Glass of Chianti for This Supercut of the 3 Portrayals of Hannibal and Will’s Relationship and Because It’s Friday
How Did a Show Like Mr. Robot End Up on USA?
Behold Tom Hardy’s Glorious Dubsmash Videos
Every Quentin Tarantino Movie, Ranked
Latest News from VultureYou Can Rent Big Pink, the House Where Bob Dylan Recorded 'The Basement Tapes'
It's in upstate New York, and it has the futon of your Dylan dreams.The Cast for Lee Daniels's Richard Pryor Movie Is Comically Good
Best of all, Adam Sandler isn't producing it anymore.Twitter Teaches Angry Actor James Woods the Meaning of 'Hyperbole'
The company won't be naming any names for the litigious loudmouth, either.Russia Kills Its Only LGBT Film Festival
'The Youth Festival of Life Affirming Film' will takes its place.Apple Tries to Block Tidal's Stream of Drake's Charity Performance, Fails
Tidal and kids affected by Hurricane Katrina: 1, Apple: 0.Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith On Movies, Porn, and Working in Video Stores in the 1980s
He tried to steer middle-aged patrons to films he liked, while Kevin Smith notes a lot of them were more interested in the porn room.Do Yourself the Courtesy of Escaping No Escape
It’s just plain offensive — and not all that well made, either.Steve Carrel Is Replacing Bruce Willis in Woody Allen’s New Movie
Guess this isn't going to be an action movie after all.Pour a Glass of Chianti for This Supercut of the 3 Portrayals of Hannibal and Will’s Relationship and Because It’s Friday
Hannibal and Will, three ways.Z for Zachariah Takes a Thrilling, Intimate Approach to Dystopia
Even if you’re sick of end-of-the-world films, you might make an exception for this.
Abel Tesfaye can't feel his limits, either.Going Clear Director Alex Gibney Thinks Journalists Should Ask Tom Cruise the Tough Questions About Scientology
"We might as well be working for Tom Cruise."Season Two of VH1’s Hindsight Isn’t Happening After All
So much for loving the ’90s.Justin Bieber Will Be on the Today Show for a Whole Week [Updated]
We're calling it the Week of Biebs.Patti Smith Celebrates Electric Lady’s 45th Birthday by Playing Horses, Spitting on Her Celeb-Heavy Crowd
One of downtown rock 'n' roll's original BAMFs dances with the ghosts of her friends at an intimate celebration for Electric Lady.Ben Affleck Casts Chris Messina to Play His Friend (Just Like You’ve Always Wanted to Do)
In Live by Night.The Knocks and Glee’s Alex Newell Slay the Dance Floor in Their ‘Collect My Love’ Video
Make this a Friday night pregame requirement.AMC Is Planning a Stand-alone Web Series of Zombies on a Plane
The Flying Dead?Netflix’s Narcos Is Addictive, Smart Entertainment
It's also TV's most of-the-moment show.We Are Your Friends Works. I Can’t Believe It, Either.
God help me, I liked The Zac Efron DJ Movie.